This clever and pithy book challenges introverts to take ownership of their personalities...with quiet strength. Read more...
This clever and pithy book challenges introverts to take ownership of their personalities...with quiet strength. Sophia Dembling asserts that the introvert's lifestyle is not "wrong" or lacking, as society or extroverts would have us believe. Through a combination of personal insights and psychology, The Introvert's Way helps and encourages introverts to embrace their nature, to respect traits they may have been ashamed of and reframe them as assets.
You're not shy; rather, you appreciate the joys of quiet. You're not antisocial; instead, you enjoy recharging through time alone. You're not unfriendly, but you do find more meaning in one-on-one connections than large gatherings.
By honoring what makes them unique, this astute and inspiring book challenges introverts to "own" their introversion, igniting a quiet revolution that will change how they see themselves and how they engage with the world.
- ISBN-13: 9780399537691
- ISBN-10: 0399537694
- Publisher: Tarcherperigee
- Publish Date: December 2012
- Page Count: 208
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Perigee Book
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-08
- Reviewer: Staff
In this thought-provoking treatise on the quieter types, Dembling, the blogger behind Psychology Today’s “The Introvert’s Corner,” proposes a wholesale rethinking of what it means to be an introvert. Readily acknowledging that introverts “can come across as bitchy or dickish sometimes,” Dembling (The Yankee Chick’s Survival Guide to Texas) argues that the stigma surrounding introversion might be assuaged if introverts—and extroverts—began “understanding and accepting” the characteristics of the former as assets rather than deficiencies. She notes that some folks believe introverts to be antisocial, shy, or narcissistic simply because they don’t appreciate how creativity can spring out of silence, or how watching can be as satisfying as interacting. Dembling offers practical tips for introverts in social situations, as well as illuminating information on differences in brain chemistry among introverts and extroverts. Though far from a scientific study (the author admits she’s “big on empirical evidence,” and some of her ideas are “awfully difficult to prove”), Dembling’s account is refreshingly candid and straightforward—”I am an introvert,” she writes. “And there’s not a damn thing wrong with me.” Agent: Penny Nelson, Manus & Associates. (Dec.)